Jung Ji-hoon, (born June 25, 1982), better known by his stage name Rain is a South Korean singer-songwriter, actor, and music producer.
Rain’s musical career includes seven albums (six Korean, one Japanese), 28 singles and numerous concert tours around the world. He first achieved breakthrough success with his third Korean album, It’s Raining (2004), which spawned the number one single of the same name. The album sold a million copies in Asia, and established Rain as an international star.
Rain made his acting debut in the 2003 drama Sang Doo! Let’s Go To School. His lead role in the pan-Asia hit drama Full House (2004) established his status as a Hallyu star. In 2008, Rain made his Hollywood debut in the film Speed Racer and starred in Ninja Assassin (2009), the latter of which made him the first Korean to win an MTV award. In terms of singing and dancing, Rain has been influenced by Michael Jackson, Usher and Justin Timberlake. In 2015, Rain set up his own company, R.A.I.N. Company.
From 2005 to 2007, Rain donated money to have 50 drinking water wells and playgrounds built in Cambodia. He began taking up causes related to children by participating in the Love Photography Exhibition to help find adoptive parents for children in government care, donating a percent of his 2006 and 2007 World Tour concert proceeds to children orphaned by AIDS and participating in the Green Ribbon Hope Walking Campaign to raise funds for prevention and to help find missing children. Due to his work, he was appointed World Vision HIV/AIDS Ambassador. In recent years, Rain has been an advocate for environmental protection going as far as to volunteer in the Taean oil spill cleanup and donate 300 million won for clean water and clothing for the residents in 2008. In 2009, Rain was involved with MTV EXIT, a campaign against human trafficking in Asia. Over the years, he has performed at concerts for various charitable causes.
Rain fulfilled his mandatory military service from October 2011 until July 2013. In January 2013, Rain confirmed that he was dating actress Kim Tae-hee, which then caused an investigation into whether his dating had broken military rules during his mandatory military service. Rain and Kim were married on January 19, 2017 after five years of dating. On May 23, it was announced by Kim’s agency Lua Entertainment that she was 15 weeks pregnant. They had their first child on October 25, 2017